FORMAT Exhibition

image from the Format festival showing silhouetted cyclists in an urban area “China: The Human Price of Pollution” Souvid Datta We are delighted to present more than 20 FORMAT EXPOSURE artists at one of our key venues, the University of Derby. The seventh edition of FORMAT.

Event date: Friday, 13 March 2015 at 8.30 AM

Format Festival 1‌FORMAT Graduates Award
University of Derby 2014 Photography Graduates





University of Derby

Banks Mill

71 Bridge Street



Opening Times:

During Term Time

Mon-Thur 8.30am-5.30pm
Fri 8.30am-4.30pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm

About the exhibition:

Format Festival 2As part of the biennual FORMAT International Photography Festival Banks Mill Studios are pleased to be hosting work by six University of Derby graduates, artists:Ben Connell, Yasmin Ensor, Aimée Hill, Ciaran Jones, David Langham and Peter Selway.

FORMAT was established in 2004 and today it is one of the UK’s leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally. The 2013 festival welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

FORMAT 2015 is based on the theme ‘Evidence’; graduating in 2014 the six artists represented here from the University of Derby – five from the BA Photography course, and one (Ben Connell) from BA Commercial Photography – all present work based on exhaustive and innovative empirical research, often with surprising outcomes.

Ben Connell’s work is a response to the flooding that occurred throughout the south of England over Christmas and New Year 2013. Using a satirical approach the photographs aim to portray the domestic effects of flooding, often with melancholic results.

Strangers in the Box (2014) by Yasmin Ensor is a short documentary investigating her family tree. Ensor uncovered an awful truth when researching her great grandmother, leading to her being subjected to a number of medical investigations. Displayed alongside artefacts from the Weilun Museum of Poland, this tragic story explores how the past affects the future, how history repeats itself, and the loss of a part of yourself you never knew existed. 

Format Festival 3Aimée Hill’s The Shepherds (2014) follows the Derby Street Pastor organisation as they guide and protect vulnerable young nighttime drinkers in Derby. The series features recurring themes of distress, exhilaration, and hopelessness fuelled by alcohol; events viewed by the Street Pastors every single weekend. 

For Untitled Walks (2014) Ciaran Jones’ images are created by placing negatives inside a pair of shoes and going for a walk. The shoes have holes in the toes and sides. This combination of light leakage and the friction caused by the repetitive physical action of walking has the effect of both exposing and wearing away the emulsion at the same time.

Illusions < Deceptions (2014) by David Langham is a project dealing with the abundance of influential language and imagery in our built environments, particularly through advertisements. Removing information from a scene that may be seen as useful (road markings, safety warnings) highlights the dichotomy between what is useful information, and what is not.

Spring (2014) by Peter Selway examines how humans try to design and construct nature within urban and suburban areas. Using a hand-scanner, Selway physically interacts with the plants during scanning; some images are constructed from different scans, emphasizing ideas of design and construction of nature and often resulting in ‘errors’ within the pictures.